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Fiber Broadband Association
Women in Fiber Group

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Vision Statement

We believe the world is a better place when women’s voices are heard. We believe companies are more successful when women are allowed to reach their full potential. We believe it is up to us to help identify, develop and promote women in the Fiber Broadband industry as well as technology, telecommunications, construction and manufacturing. We pledge to use this forum to help women succeed in the Fiber Broadband industry.

Value Proposition

To the FBA and the Industry

  • Demonstrate the verifiable link between women in leadership and improved business performance. Identify our own potential leaders.
  • Represent women in fields where women are not often well-represented.
  • Highlight different career paths for women within fiber, telecommunications and technology.
  • Identify challenges particular to women in the workforce in these industries and possible solutions.

To The Member Companies and Individual Members

  • Networking: Provide opportunities for connections, networking, and building relationships with other women in fiber of all areas and experience.
  • Professional Development & Leadership: Deliver professional development and leadership opportunities. Emphasize pathways for success and advancement.
  • Workplace Education: Identify relevant everyday workplace issues for discussion and education. Learn to navigate challenges, varied situations, and problem solving. Find solutions.
  • Recognition: Create opportunities to recognize different career paths held by women in fiber. Highlight those who demonstrate dedication and hard work within the field, the leadership of industry veterans, the talent and potential of developing leaders, and the stories that inspire us.

Women in Fiber Spotlight

Fiber Broadband Association’s Women In Fiber (WIF) Group is thrilled to announce its new initiative – Women in Fiber Member Spotlight. As our Women in Fiber Group celebrates its one year anniversary and FBA continues to focus on workforce and skills issues in our space, the WIF Steering Committee has launched a Spotlight series to highlight monthly different roles and careers for women in fiber, telecom, tech, and construction.

Do you know a female leader in the fiber broadband industry who deserves recognition?  The Women in Fiber Steering Committee will select honorees monthly who will then be featured on the Women in Fiber LinkedIn page and our website. The next nominations form is due December 8th, 2020. Winners must be part of an FBA member company to be considered. We will announce future monthly deadlines for nominations on a rolling basis in Optics

Please email with completed nominations forms and with any questions.

Download the Nominee Form

Congratulations to FBA’s Women in Fiber Group’s November Woman in Fiber Spotlight, Megan O'Brien!

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Nominated by two colleagues, Megan O’Brien is an Applications Engineer at Preformed Line Products. Matthew Becker from Preformed Line Products had this to say about Megan: “Traditionally, telecommunications and fiber related jobs were mostly driven by men. Even more so, technical jobs were even skewed more heavily towards men. Megan and other women are bucking this trend as she handles technical related issues and hands-on expertise of fiber related products. It can be a daunting task to enter a room of 25-50 fiber splicers (most of them men), and deliver an application of product in front of them to showcase how the product functions and tips and tricks associated with said product. I have seen it first hand in the field that Megan can hold her own in the industry as she has the patience, technical expertise and personality to handle any situation that arises.”

To Read More About Megan, Click Here!


Congratulations to all of our Woman in Fiber Spotlight Nominees!

To read about our previous Woman in Fiber Spotlight winners, Click Here.

Women in Fiber Webinars


 September 22, 2020  FBA Women in Fiber Group Presents: Women and Competition in the Workplace  Watch the Recording
 May 14, 2020  Work-Life Balance? It's a Pandemic!  Watch the recording
 March 26, 2020  Accelerating Women in the Workplace: How to Develop a Women's Resource Group at Your Organization  Watch the Recording
 December 12, 2019  Preventing the Burnout_ Addressing Obligations of the Work, Family, and Life  Watch the Recording
 October 24, 2019  Sponsors are Critical to Your Career: Find out Why and How to Develop Them  Watch the Recording

Meet our Steering Committee  

In order from left to right. Click here to learn more.

Kim Hartwell, Corning 
Tanya Kanczuzewski, Dura-Line
Mary Ellen Grom, AFL
Alexa Edens, KGPCo
Holly Ruser, Graybar